On Saturday morning we travelled to Karesuando to spend a day with Teres’ relatives.
Unfortunately a 26km section of the E45 which runs from Karesuando – Gela in Italy.
The road was very rough to drive which wasn’t so good for my back and it was not always so obvious exactly where to drive!!
Teres’ dad Ingvar came with us to tell us about the area and it’s history and stories of things he did when spending summers there with his parents and family.
The village is actually just outside Karesuando and is called Mertajärvi. The old house on the left of this picture is where the family used to live (built in the late 1800’s) and then the new house was built in the 1950’s.
We spent a lot of time talking with Ingvar’s aunty and traditional remedies for various ailments and illnesses and I will be testing and writing about some of them in the future.
It was also hemvändardag (I can’t translate this word but the event is about people who have lived there, returning gathering to see friends and family).
The event was held in the school where there were many pictures of family and relatives (the family name is Gunnare)
and Ingvar enjoyed talking with people about the family history.
We also drove across the border into Finnish Karesuando
There were some wonderful chainsaw carvings in a field next to the border
Thanks to all the family for a great day!!!